What is it and how does it work?
A microchip is a permanent pet ID about the size of a grain of rice. It has no internal energy source, and will last the life of your pet. It is implanted between the pet’s shoulder blades. The scanner emits a low radio frequency that provides the power necessary, so that it is read by passing a microchip scanner over where the chip is located to transmit the microchip’s unique ID code and positively identify the pet.
The microchip is not a tracking device. Because they use RFID technology, microchips do not require a power source like a GPS. Since there’s no battery and no moving parts, there’s nothing to keep charged, wear out, or replace. The microchip will last your pet’s lifetime.
What is the procedure to implant a microchip?
A veterinarian simply injects a microchip beneath the surface of your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to an injection and takes only a few seconds. No anesthetic is required.
What are the benefits of a microchip?
Microchips are permanent identification that cannot be lost like a collar or tag. When scanned, they each have a unique number registered with your information. It is extremely important to keep your information updated, in case the pet is lost or stolen. In most cases, if a pet is picked up by animal control, the pet is scanned and the owners are contacted.
How do I know if a pet is microchipped?
If you take it to a local veterinary clinic or animal shelter, they can run the chip wand across your pet to check for a chip. That number can be input into https://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/. This search engine will tell you if the pet is registered and what microchip company manufactured it. The company should be able to give you owner information.